A timely documentary on what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects in the 60s. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs' showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. Not rated, 92 minutes.
"You couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane." - Chicago Reader
"In the context of today's stymied political trench wars, there is inspiration to be found in Jacobs' example of local activism, original thinking, and rational argument blossoming into useful change." - Philadelphia Inquirer
"As a history of this war of ideas, the film is essential. But it also pivots toward a great challenge: today’s global urbanization." - The Globe & Mail
"Imagine city planning as a contact sport." - NPR
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